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LIAT cancels flights as Tropical Storm Don heads towards Windward Islands

Published:Tuesday | July 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Regional carrier LIAT has announced the cancellation of several flights to the southern Caribbean as the airline continues to monitor Tropical Storm Don.

The Antigua-based carrier has cancelled flights to and from Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Guyana.

However, flight LI 309 from Antigua to St Lucia will operate as scheduled.

LIAT says flights to the northern islands in the Eastern Caribbean chain will not be affected.

The airline says passengers who have been affected will be allowed to rebook within the next two weeks with all change fees waived.

Meanwhile, in it’s latest advisory issued at 11 o'clock this morning, the Miami based National Hurricane Centre says maximum sustained winds in the centre of Tropical Storm Don have decreased to near 40 miles per hour.

However, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines while a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Barbados and Bonaire.

The government of St Lucia has discontinued the tropical storm watch for the island.

On the forecast track, the center of Don will move across the Windward Islands this afternoon or tonight and then move westward across the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Wednesday.

Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, and Curacao have been advised to monitor the progress of the storm.